Facts: You eat the entire fruit, skin and all, like a grape. The skin is sweet while the flesh is quite tart. Small seeds may be swallowed or spit out. They are native to China and were cultivated in Japan as early as 1712. They can be eaten raw, pickled, or candied.
Availability: November to March
Serving Size: 7 fruits
Selection: Select kumquats with golden-yellow to reddish-orange skin. Avoid citrus with signs of decay. Choose fruits that are firm, not soft.
Nutrition Benefits: Low fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, very low sodium, excellent source of vitamin C and fiber.
Pigments: beta-cryptoxanthin, zeazanthin, leutin
Phytochemicals: hespertin, limonin, nomilin, phytoene, phytofluene, dlimonene, beta-sitosterol, glutathione
ORAC Score: 600